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Posted on 12-18-18 3:12 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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My employer just started my GC filing process via EB2. The company attorney submitted PWD today and says it takes around 3-4 months to approve. And, next 6-8 months for PERM. I would be qualified to EB2-NIW and was talking to another attorney on my own.

But considering time, effort and finance, I agreed with my employer for EB2 process. I now am concerned with the fact of its longer processing time. The attorney says it will take somewhere around 1.5-2 yrs. Can you guys share your recent EB2 experiences? How long did it take to approve your case? I'd appreciate your input.

Thank you,

Posted on 12-18-18 3:53 PM     [Snapshot: 35]     Reply [Subscribe]
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My company said same thing
Posted on 12-18-18 4:24 PM     [Snapshot: 69]     Reply [Subscribe]
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3-4 months for PWD. 2-3 months for advertisements if things go smoothly and then file I-140 so about 10-12 months at least. NIW get approved usually in less than 6 months most of the time.
Posted on 12-18-18 5:54 PM     [Snapshot: 138]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Here is my time line, hope this helps:

Wage submitted: July 2016
Wage approved: Oct 2016
Advertisement: Nov 2016- Jan 2017
PERM Filed: Feb 2017
PERM Approved: MaY 2017 
140/485 Filed: June 2017 (premium)
140 Approved: July 2017
EAD/AP Approved: Nov 2017
1st File transfer: Jan 2018
2nd File transfer: March 2018
Interview June 2018; Approved Same day.
Got the card within a week.

So from start (wage) to finish (card in hand) almost two years, but mine was not NIW.
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Posted on 12-19-18 1:56 PM     [Snapshot: 364]     Reply [Subscribe]
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It took 8 months for me.

Posted on 12-19-18 2:06 PM     [Snapshot: 382]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@Jonny - Thank you for your response, thats really helpful but mine was not in NIW does that mean EB2 would be faster.. newbie here do just confusion on terms
@Abhilasha - Did you mean the entire process from Wage till you had atleast EAD ? or GC on hand ?
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@Jonny what is first file transfer and second file transfer. I am too newbie here. Could you please explain overall process after 485 is filed.
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PWD Submitted 2/2017
PWD approved 5/2017
Advertisement 5-8 /2017
Perm Applied 9/2017
Perm Approved 3/2018
I 140 Applied 4/2018
I40 Premium and Lafada(RFE/NOID) approved : 08/2018

I 485 Applied 10/2018 (Couldn't do in Sept 2018 due to Retrogression)

Waiting since then:
Take home: depends on how fast the company and lawyer processes the docs something like - 2 years from PWD date)
Posted on 12-19-18 5:32 PM     [Snapshot: 480]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@country_boy. Thank you for your timeline. Really helpful is preparation on timeline.
Posted on 12-19-18 8:06 PM     [Snapshot: 523]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Thanks for your inputs folks.

Abhilasha, did you file NIW or regular EB2 via PERM? Can you please elaborate a bit?
Posted on 12-20-18 11:49 AM     [Snapshot: 684]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@guitarc I am not expert on NIW but it means National Interest Waiver. NIW does not require PERM filing but to qualify, one should have Advance Degree like Ph.D

@KhaiK these days all Employment based applicant have to appear for visa Interview and for that your file goes through various USCIS office (Nebraska/Texas - NBC Missouri - and your local USCIS office).  First transfer = file transferred to NBC from NE or TX (initial filing); second transfer = file transferred from NBC to your local USCIS office for interview.
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Posted on 12-20-18 12:33 PM     [Snapshot: 720]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Which one is processing faster these days EB2 vs EB3 ???
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Thank you Jonny
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Applied i485 this week and currently i am in TPS which expires in June 24 looking at time line . what is time line for EAD approval these days . How long usually it takes ? Can somebody please share the timeline.
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Seems like I made a mistake by not going via EB2-NIW. It would have save a great deal of time.
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@Mr P,
It took about 2 and a half months for me to get the EAD/AP card.

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